International Journal of Anatomy and Research

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Type of Article: Original Research

Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 3 | Page No. 2674-2676

Date of Publication: 31-08-2016



V. Ravi kumar * 1, Siri. A. M 2.

*1,2Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Subbaiah Institute Of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Purlae, Shimoga, Karnataka, India.

Address: Dr. V. Ravi kumar, Associate Professor, Department Of Anatomy, Subbaiah Institute Of Medical Sciences, Holehonnur Road, Purlae, Shimoga, Karnataka, India. Ph : 09844427990, 09743491930.


Introduction: The adult  human skulls have sutures which are separating the the cranial  bones. The larger  sutures  which are  seen are coronal suture, sagittal suture and lamdoid sutures in addition  to the smaller sutures separating  the  smaller bones of  the  skull. The rare feature in the  adult human skull is a complete metopic suture separating the  2 halves of frontal bone, the condition is  termed as metopism. 
Materials and Methods: The present study was done on adult human skulls in the department of Anatomy S.I.M.S. & R.C. Shimoga where metopic suture was seen in 6 out of 115 skulls and were of linear variety. Some skulls were had sutural bones at coronal suture.
Results and Discussion: The occurrence of   metopic sutures in our study was 5 % of  the skulls studied. Metopic sutures incidence varies from region to region and also racially. This can simulate a fracture in frontal bone. The knowledge of such type of sutures is helpful for anatomists, radiologists and is of medicolegal help also.
Key words:  Metopic  suture, metopism, frontal bone.


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V. Ravi kumar, Siri. A. M. STUDY OF METOPIC SUTURES IN ADULT SKULLS IN KARNATAKA REGION. Int J Anat Res 2016;4(3):2674-2676. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2016.299




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